If we’re laying our honesty out on the table now, some of us will admit that the Super Bowl is not of extreme interest.
What is of interest, however, is walking into a friend’s apartment only to find a plethora of snacks and pizza. Suddenly watching the game is a pretty good idea.
This Sunday, take control of your own destiny and just make that buffalo chicken dip yourself—whether you watch the game or not. Check out these super easy Super Bowl snacks that you can whip up whether you’re celebrating (or if you’re just super hungry).
Guac! We all have our fond memories of those late night trips to Chipotle, but nothing compares to homemade guacamole, made your way. The simplest guacamole can consist of mashed up ripe avocados, but remember to add in any of these to make it your own:
Fresh lime juice
Fresh roasted or minced garlic
2. Buffalo Chicken Dip
The beauty of all dips (and one of the easiest to make). Having a mini crockpot helps keep it hot and bubbly throughout the whole game. But if you don’t have one, you can keep reheating it on the stove (or you could just eat it all before it gets cold…whoops). The standard recipe goes like this:
2 (10 oz) cans of chunk chicken, or a whole baked boneless chicken breast, shredded
2 packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup ranch dressing
¾ cup pepper/hot sauce
1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded
Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet or pan over medium heat until warm, then stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Mix in half the cheese and transfer to a crockpot if you have one. If not keep it in the pan. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and let that baby bubble.
3. The Best Meatballs You’ll Ever Eat
This recipe sounds a little wacky…but wows everyone at first bite. The flavor is similar to a barbecue sauce but a little sweeter. Trust me, it works. Plus, this one feeds a lot of people (or you, if you’re ready to eat for five).
Any 3-5 lb. bag of frozen cooked small meatballs
1 jar grape jelly
2 (12 oz.) jars chili sauce
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
4. Pizza Pinwheels
Forget that two-hour wait for a cold Domino’s pizza. Make your own bite-size pizza pinwheels which take practically no effort or time. Holla at that efficiency!
1 (8 oz.) can refrigerated crescent roll dough
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
24 slices pepperoni
1 (14 oz.) can pizza sauce
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
On a baking sheet, pinch eight crescent roll dough triangles into four rectangles. Layer each rectangle with desired amount of pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. Roll lengthwise and slice each roll into at least five pieces. Bake in the oven until a nice golden brown, about 12 minutes. Serve with heated pizza sauce.
5. Oreo Cookie Footballs
Oh my goodness, are these ridiculous. They’re hilariously easy, but the pairing of Oreos and cream cheese is quite magical. Careful—this recipe makes about 40 footballs.
1 package cream cheese, softened
1 package Oreos, finely crushed
2 packages semisweet chocolate, melted
1 tablespoon white decorating icing
Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until completely blended. Shape into about 40 (1-inch) football shapes and freeze for 10 minutes. Dip them in the melted chocolate and place on a wax paper-lined pan. Draw laces on the footballs with your white icing. Refrigerate for about an hour or until firm.
There are plenty of easy recipes you can find that are perfect for a lazy Sunday game day, if these don’t whet your palette. Perhaps you might not like the Super Bowl, but you can always like the inevitable layout of snacks and dips that go along with it.
Photo by Samantha Allen